By RON FANFAIR
Canada pulled off a remarkable six-wicket win with eight balls to spare over Scotland in the first of two limited-overs cricket internationals last Tuesday at Aberdeen.
All-rounder Sandeep Jyoti recorded his first century in his eighth one-day international while skipper Ashish Bagai scored an unbeaten 92 to help the national side overcome the Scots challenging total of 286-4 in their 50 overs.
The right-handed Jyoti hit 117 off 122 balls with a six and 10 boundaries while Bagai, who is representing Canada on this tour of Scotland and the Netherlands in the one-day internationals because of work commitments in England, struck eight fours in his matured 112-ball innings to lift Canada to 287-4 off 48.4 overs. Opener Rizwan Cheema contributed to the victory with a 38-ball knock of 47 that included two sixes and four boundaries.
Skipper Gavin Hamilton (119) and Fraser Watts (101) put on 203 in 39.6 innings against Canada which used eight bowlers, including medium-pacer Khurram Chohan who was the most productive with 2-56 off 10 overs.
Chohan has been a major contributor with the ball on this tour. He took a match-haul of 9-87 including a 6-37 in the Scots first innings of the four-day game that preceded Tuesday’s limited-overs contest.
Scores in the four-day match, which the national side lost by 29 runs, were Scotland 185 and 199; Canada 142 and 213.
The national junior side, meanwhile, has made a strong start in the Americas Under-19 tournament being played this week at King City.
Canada overwhelmed the Cayman Islands by 10 wickets on Monday and the Bahamas by nine wickets a day later. The national side will face its toughest test in its final two matches against defending champions the United States tomorrow and Bermuda on Saturday.
And, former Canadian cricket captain John Davison and five national administrators were recently recognized with International Cricket Council (ICC) Centenary medals. The other honorees were former Cricket Canada presidents Jack Kyle and Geoff Edwards, longstanding executive members Clifford Cox and Calvin Clarke and ICC Americas Development manager Martin Vieira.